Sri Lanka Brodcasting Corporation

Sun06242018

Last updateSat, 23 Jun 2018 7pm

Local News

Parallel to planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention is also focused on developing rural roadways and bridges

Minister Kabir Hashim says, parallel to the planned roadways, fly overs and expressways, attention will also be focused on developing rural roadways and bridges. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday he said, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has agreed to provide the necessary funds, once the relevant plans and estimates are submitted.

Read more...

J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri elected as Deputy Speaker.

UNP parliamentarian J.M. Ananda Kumarasiri was elected for the post of Deputy Speaker with a majority of 44 votes. He received 97 votes, while Sudharshini Fernandopulle received 53 votes. MPs of the Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna were absent when the vote was taken.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya says, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country.

Speaker Karu Jayasooriya said in Parliament today, various false information surrounding undisclosed details of the Bond Report have caused a slur to the people's representatives, the Parliament, and the Country. This is a disappointing situation.

The sections from C 350 to C 360 of the report, which had not been released previously, were handed over to the Speaker this morning.

However the speaker says, what has been handed over is only a few sections of the report, and he will table all the reports in Parliament, when he receives the remaining sections, which have been requested.

He requested everyone to conduct themselves with a sense of responsibility at this juncture.

Various groups including the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections had requested the Speaker and Secretary to the President to release these sections of the report, in the wake of media reports regarding MPs accepting money from Perpetual Treasuries.

Sri Lanka hopes to introduce a 'single employment law', consolidating disparate laws that currently exist

Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations: Ravindra Samaraweera says, Sri Lanka has given priority to 'labour rights', through their inclusion in the National Human Rights Action Plan of 2017 to 2021. He further states, Sri Lanka is in the process of introducing a 'single employment law', consolidating disparate laws that currently exist, and giving effect to the principle of non-discrimination. Sri Lanka has also made strides in progressively reducing hazardous forms of child labour, in promoting the rights of the child, and offers to share its expertise in this area to support the endeavours of the International Labour Organisation.
The Minister expressed these views, speaking at the Plenary Meeting of the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference that is being held in Geneva from the 28th of May to the 9th of June.

During his discussion with the Director General of the International Labour Organisation: Guy Ryder, the Minister assured Sri Lanka’s fullest support for declaring the year 2021, as the 'Year of Elimination of Child Labour'.

A loss of over 12,000 million rupees incurred, due to the procurement of coal, outside the tender process, for the Norochcholey Thermal Power Plant.

State Minister Ajith P. Perera says, the supply of coal to the Norochcholai Thermal Power Plant has taken place outside the tender process. Speaking in Parliament today he pointed out, due to this, the Ceylon Electricity Board has incurred a loss of 12,500 million rupees during the years 2014 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara said, until August 2017, 336 complaints were received by the FCID. Out of these, 101 complaints have been investigated and forwarded to the Attorney General's Department.

Minister Lakshman Kiriella said, measures are in place to pay EPF, ETF and gratuity payments to estate workers serving in state owned estates that come under the Janatha Estates Development Board and the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation. Within the past 20 years no payment has been made, resulting in arears amounting to 2,310 million rupees as of 2015. The Minister pointed out, the present government was able to bring down the arears to 386 million rupees. 1,800 million rupees has been set aside for the settlement of arears.

A New deputy speaker will be selected in parliament this evening

Sri Lanka's Parliament will elect a new Deputy Speaker when it meets this evening. UNP parliamentarian Ananda Kumarasiri, SLFP parliamentarian Angajan Ramanadan and  SLFP's 16 group member Mrs. Sudarshani Fernandpulle are in the fray for the post.  The parliament will meet  this evening under the leadership of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the main task of today's session would be to appoint the new Deputy Speaker.

The central bank says foreign reserve of the country may increase upto 9.5 billion US dollars by the end of this year

The central bank says foreign reserve of the country may increase upto 9.5 billion US dollars by the end of this year.  The amount is 8.7 US dollars at present.  The IMF recently released 252 million US dollars under the comprehensive loan facilities to Sri Lanka as the IMF has commended the country's economic progress during the past period.  The ministry of finance says Sri Lanka will receive more foreign funds in the coming months.

Read more...

The drafted plan for National agricultural development has been launched

The drafted national plan for agriculture development was handed over to Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday. The world food and agriculture organization has helped to prepare it with the aim of enhancing local agriculture industry.  This plan will be presented to the cabinet for approval and then to the parliament. 

Read more...

World Environment Day falls today

World Environment Day falls today. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and the first World Environment Day was celebrated on June 5, 1973. World Environment Day is celebrated across the globe to highlight the importance of environmental conservation.

Read more...

Minister Harin Fernando says, it was not a single decision of the UNP to back a common candidate at the 2015 Presidential Election

UNP Media spokesman and Publicity Unit Chief: Minister Harin Fernando says, it was not a single decision of the UNP to back a common candidate at the 2015 Presidential Election. All forces who opposed the government that was in power arrived at a collective decision to back a common candidate. He made this point clear participating at the launch of the new media unit held at Sirikotha yesterday. This media project has been titled: 'our responsibility - your duty - the people's right', and has been named 'Sathya' - 'The Truth'. He emphasised that restoring the peoples trust in the UNP is the main intention of the Sathya Campaign.

Read more...